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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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High noon in Vermont
Guest: Attorney James Levy

"On Thursday Judge Edward Cashman gets a final chance to right an incredible wrong. As you know, Cashman sentenced a guy who raped a 6-year old girl over a four year period to just 60 days in jail because the man, Mark Hulett, could not get rehab in jail. The state of Vermont now says it will provide in-prison rehab for Hulett and has asked Cashman to reconsider his incredibly lenient sentence. There's no question the little girl's human rights have been violated by that sentence. So where is Human Rights Watch on this? Where is the ACLU, NOW, and the liberal media? Vermont has no mandatory prison terms at all for child rapists, which is why Cashman could do what he did. So the state is now set for Judge Cashman's decision. Every American should be angry, disgusted, and fed up. Little girls are American citizens, too. The judge who puts the needs of a child rapist above justice for the rape victim does not deserve to sit in any American courtroom. Cashman has one final chance to right this terrible wrong."

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Vermont attorney James Levy joined The Factor and predicted Judge Cashman will not modify his original sentence. "Now that the state is willing to give the defendant sex offender treatment with an extended prison term, there's ample basis for the judge to impose a harsh term, maybe eight years to life. That's what I think ought to happen, but my instincts tell me the original sentence might be maintained. I hope the state will appeal the decision to the Vermont Supreme Court." The Factor warned that all Vermont residents may pay a price for Cashman's misjudgment. "All of America is watching Vermont and seeing a system that doesn't work. And they're getting angry at the state. If Cashman doesn't change the sentence all hell is going to break loose."

Gonzales encounters protests
Guest: David Rivkin, U.N. Commission on Human Rights

As Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke to law students at Georgetown University, a group of protestors turned their backs and disrupted his speech. David Rivkin, who was at the event, criticized the protestors for their boorish behavior. "Every time you go to a liberal campus you may encounter such protests. I thought it was very courageous of the Attorney General to go there, and the students were disrespectful. They were not interested in listening." The Factor specifically denounced Georgetown professor David Cole, a panelist at the event. "I would not have attended any event where Professor Cole was seated, because he is a virulently anti-Bush far-left radical. Georgetown, particularly its law school, has become a hotbed of radical left thought. Georgetown alumni should let the school know how they feel."

Will Sami al Arian be tried again?
Guest: Attorney Jonathan Katz

Last month a Florida jury acquitted professor Sami Al-Arian on eight counts of aiding terrorists, but was deadlocked on nine other charges. Prosecutors are deciding whether to re-try Al-Arian, but another trial opposed by the ACLU. Attorney Jonathan Katz, an ACLU member, explained why he thinks all charges should be dropped. "The prosecution went forward with its millions of dollars and its six-month trial. It's time to move on. Mr. Al-Arian has already been in jail three years awaiting trial for the first case." The Factor countered that the charges are serious enough to warrant another trial. "I'm not sure we should walk away from this. What is the downside of having another trial and having the government prove its case if it can?"

The battle to protect children
Guest: San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

The Factor has pointed out that dealing with child predators too often divides politicians along party lines, with Democrats leaning toward treatment and Republicans favoring harsher punishment. San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, a Republican, wants California to enact a law that will be among the nation's toughest. "If you rape or sexually assault a child, it makes it a minimum mandatory of 15 years, and in some cases 25 years to life. It also tracks predators with GPS monitors for the rest of their lives. We want California to have the toughest laws, and I don't know why it's being opposed." The Factor concurred with Dumanis, but pointed out that many California politicians do not. "Most Americans agree with you, and most states are on that track. I'm shocked that the California legislature can't get this passed."

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Guest: Author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Author Michael Eric Dyson, who has written a book about the response to Hurricane Katrina, delivered a harsh appraisal of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. "He turned down help from an Amtrak train that could have gotten hundreds of people out, he waited several hours to call a mandatory evacuation, and he consulted the business elite without putting his citizens first. He could have done much more and the federal government could have done much more." The Factor argued that people should always try to rely on themselves, not on government agencies. "My thesis at the time was that poor people always get hosed when they depend on government apparatus. The government has an obligation to help people in need, but I don't think they have the ability to do it in a crisis situation like Katrina."

Air America taking a nosedive?
Guest: Blogger Brian Maloney, The Radio Equalizer

The left-wing radio network Air America has been plagued with low ratings and financial troubles. Radio observer Brian Maloney reported that host Al Franken is one reason Air America may be headed for a crash landing. "Franken's salary has gone up and up - his base salary is $2 million a year. Other guys with the same audience are making one-tenth of that." Maloney claimed the network is being propped up by wealthy entrepreneur Rob Glaser. "He's writing big fat checks to keep Air America on the air. I don't see how they can keep this going - in 2008 Franken's salary goes up to $3 million." The Factor added that Franken's latest ratings show a definite southerly trend. "In Los Angeles Franken's program is down 33% in the key demographic segment of 25 to 54. In San Francisco he's down 24%, in Boston 42%, and in San Antonio they dropped the entire network. But we have one far left guy, Rob Glaser, keeping this network on the air by just kicking money in and paying all the bills."

Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you wrote about the segment with Democrat strategists Paul Begala and James Carville. Some excerpts:

Ed Watson, Long Beach, CA: "Mr. O'Reilly, what is this, educating Democrats to win elections? Whatever happened to 'Fair and Balanced?'"

Scott Armstrong, Phoenix, AZ: "Bill, the interview with Carville and Begala was very informative. You stopped them from Bush-bashing and made them concentrate on issues. That's what the folks want - facts!"

Vikki Hale, Spring, TX: "Bill, you told those guys you're looking out for them. You're fired! I thought you were looking out for us."

Other viewers commented on the eight Guatemalan men arrested for trespassing in Brewster, New York.

Ellen LePere, Brewster, NY: "Bill, thank you for your report on the arrested illegal aliens in my town. We are being overrun. Please remind people that illegals have no right to be here."

Eric Clanton, Bakersfield, CA: "Mr. O'Reilly, how can you be okay with racially profiling Guatemalan immigrants. Thanks to people like you the Latino community is facing the same bigotry that blacks did 50 years ago."

Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and Natural, Racial and Economic Disasters
by Michael Eric Dyson